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Elizabeth Scott, M.S.

Time Management Tips

By February 22, 2014

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February is Time Management Month, which is a great issue to focus on if you want to more easily manage stress. Time management is particularly important for busy parents, caregivers, and those with demanding jobs (you know who you are), but time management can be an issue for virtually anyone. (I once heard tale of a Buddhist monk who was in a remote location by himself with only the purpose of meditation and living a quiet life; apparently even he found it challenging at times to "make time for" meditation!)

An ironic aspect of stress and time management is that we tend to become more stressed when we are too busy; we need to practice relaxation techniques even more when we are stressed, and we have even less time for this when we are too busy. See the vicious cycle? It was once said that "The time to relax is when you don't have time for it," and this is really true!

This month--Time Management Month--is the perfect time to look at ways to streamline your schedule, make the most of the time you have, and work on beating procrastination, one of the more notorious thieves of time. Throughout the month, I'll be sharing resources to help you to do this, if this is an issue for you. For now, you'll find plenty of resources below; if you have a great handle on time management already, I invite you to share your tips with the group! (Leave your best time management tips in the comments section, or in this reader response article on procrastination.

How To Stop Procrastination: 10 Tips To Try

Procrastination is a big waste of time and energy, and can cause additional (and unnecessary) stress! The next time you find yourself battling procrastination, you will have more tools on your side. Read on for 10 tips on how to stop procrastination.
Read on for anti-procrastination tips.

Q: I'm Just Too Busy. How Can I Find More Time?

Do you feel like you're always rushing, and don't have enough time for what's important to you? One solution is to get good at saying 'no' to the right things. Here you'll find tips on how to do that. You'll also find five other time management strategies that can help you feel less stressed.
Read on for how to go from "too busy" to "just right".

How To Cut Down On Obligations

When we have little control in our lives, we're hit harder by stress, so it's important to have room for choices. If you're feeling stressed, and your schedule is overly-filled with obligations, here's an exercise that can help.
See how you can cut down on obligations.

Facebook Page About Stress Management

For ongoing stress relief tips, join the Facebook group About Stress Management. You'll find updates with the latest blogs, inspirational quotes with related articles, and plenty of stress relief resources you might 'like' or want to share your two-cents about. Join us; we'd love to see you there!
Learn more strategies for combatting overwhelm.

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